Police in Winchester, Va., have documented in affidavits for a lawsuit how they decided to get evidence on a Christian street preacher then dispatched an officer undercover to take video of the man’s faith statements on public streets during a local festival.

“I made a video recording of the individuals using the amplification device, a true and accurate copy of which is attached hereto,” Sgt. Robert Bower testified via affidavits in a lawsuit over the city’s alleged attempt to silence the street preacher during the May 2010 Apple Blossom Festival.

Police Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher explained he had been contacted by street preacher Michael Marcavage with questions about the city’s noise ordinance and discussed the ordinance with him.

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